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Florida-based Hotbins reinvents the thrill of a deal

People dig through bins of boxed merchaindise at Hotbins

The crowd at Hotbins Tampa on Friday morning. Photo: Selene San Felice/Axios

Florida's bargain hunters are getting some huge deals at a store that turns trash into treasure.

What's happening: Hotbins — a store full of giant bins that are filled with random boxes of stuff — opened its Tampa location last month.

Hunting bargains at the Tampa Bay Hotbins

a photo of Selene's dog wearing a cowboy costume and a photo of Selene's mom holding a crushed Bidet box

Sophia San Felice sporting her rootin' tootin' new outfit. Right: Selene's mom, Oz San Felice, holds her Hotbins booty. Photos: Selene San Felice/Axios

I love cheap s**t — and I just hit the jackpot.

Why I care: Online shopping mostly ended the thrill of Black Friday specials, but Hotbins — a fast-growing Florida chain that sells returns and overstock items from Amazon and Target — brings my high-stakes bargain-hunting dreams to life.

Tampa Bay is top in bike-friendly businesses

Data: League of American Bicyclists; Chart: Axios Visuals

Tampa has the most bicycle-friendly businesses among U.S. cities, according to the League of American Bicyclists. St. Pete is third.

Why it matters: Bike-friendly communities are attractive to a growing number of tourists and professionals looking for places to live in the work-from-home economy.

Making the Deal with Strut Consulting's Candice Rezvanian

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Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Candice Rezvanian

Candice Rezvanian has spent nearly a decade becoming a venture capital investor and operations expert.

  • At Strut Consulting, she supports high-profile venture capital clients in successful fund management.
Ben Montgomery
Oct 27, 2022 - News

Walmart Health to open more clinics in Tampa Bay

Walmart Health from the outside.

Photo: Courtesy of Walmart Health

Walmart is growing its new health clinics in Florida.

Driving the news: Walmart Health announced plans Wednesday to build 16 new health care facilities in Florida in 2023, including seven in Tampa Bay, to meet the needs of the state's growing — and aging — population.

Selene San Felice
Oct 24, 2022 - News

St. Petersburg urban farm Brick Street expands

Inside one of Brick Street Farms' shipping containers. Photo: Courtesy of Brick Street Farms

If you've wandered around downtown St. Petersburg, you've probably passed 48 acres of farmland and had no idea.

Driving the news: Brick Street Farms is growing leafy greens inside upcycled shipping containers in a warehouse and parking lot at Tropicana Field — and they're about to get a whole lot more growing power.

Tech startup seeks to help survivors report abuse

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Illustration: Natalie Peeples/Axios

A Canadian tech company wants to transform the way people report abuse and assault in Tampa Bay and around the world.

What's happening: REES Community founder Mary Lobson is trying to anchor her company in the area through the Tampa Bay Wave's new TechDiversity Accelerator cohort.

Scoop: Tampa's Vū technology shines in new movie

a car on the virtual set at Vū studios

From the Vū Vegas set of "Sympathy for the Devil." Photo courtesy of Vū Studio

Tampa-born Vū Studio technology played a key role in the production of the upcoming movie "Sympathy for the Devil," starring Nicolas Cage and Joel Kinnaman, studio representatives tell Axios.

State of play: About half of the film, a psychological thriller introduced during this year's Toronto International Film Festival, was shot at Vū's 40,000-square-foot virtual production studio in Las Vegas.

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